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Compare the 10 Best MicrowavesFebruary 2018(Last Updated 16 February 2018)

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The best microwaves on the market, useful for quickly cooking food and reheating leftovers
Compare top brands including Samsung, Russell Hobbs and Sharp
Independent & impartial evaluation of every microwave based on features, reviews and price
To Find the Best Microwaves We Impartially Analysed: 1,440 Microwave Models 18,500 Microwave Reviews 9,150 Microwave Prices
To Find the Best Microwaves We Impartially Analysed:
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18,500 Microwave Reviews
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#1

90

Magic Chef MCM1611B

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£79.96

eBay
1,100W
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45.3L
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Black
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£470
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A sensationally cheap and huge interior capacity 1,100W microwave, with alright running costs and many positive recommendations
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#2

89

Russell Hobbs RHM3003B

509 Reviews
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£148.97

eBay
900W
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30L
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Black
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Free­standing
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
The highest scoring combination microwave on the market, with great features and low running costs
#3

82

Samsung MG23F301TAW

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£104.44

eBay
800W
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23L
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White
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Free­standing
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£340
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
The cheapest combination microwave on the market, with good features
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#4

82

Samsung MC32J7035

10 Reviews
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£163.85

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1,400W
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32L
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White
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Free­standing
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£600
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
A high-quality and excellently reviewed 1,400W microwave, with alright running costs and a recent release date
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#5

81

Samsung MC28M6055CK

12 Reviews
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£200.00

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900W
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28L
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Black
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Free­standing
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£390
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
The top scoring microwave under £500, with low running costs and great features
#6

80

Samsung MC32K7055CT

3 Reviews
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£199.99

Buywise
1,400W
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32L
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Black
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Free­standing
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£600
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A fully loaded and top-rated 1,400W microwave, with moderate running costs
#7

80

Sharp R‑652

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£113.78

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800W
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20L
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Black
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Free­standing
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£340
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
A fairly new and very economical to run 800W microwave, with a reasonable price and good features
#8

80

Samsung MW3500

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£129.99

Official Currys Outlet on eBay
800W
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23L
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Black
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Free­standing
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£340
Over 10 years
May 2017
A newly released and very economical to run 800W microwave, with good features and a reasonable price
#9

80

Samsung MC32K7055CK

18 Reviews
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£289.00

Appliance Electronics
900W
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32L
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Black
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Free­standing
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£390
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A fully featured and positively reviewed 900W microwave, with average running costs
#10

79

Magic Chef MCM990B

44 Reviews
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£188.63

Amazon UK
900W
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25.48L
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Black
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Free­standing
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£390
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A newly released and top-rated 900W microwave, with great features and low running costs
#11

79

Samsung MC32J7055

119 Reviews
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£176.15

eBay
1,400W
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32L
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White
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£600
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
A recently released and powerful 1,400W microwave, with moderate running costs and marvellous user reviews
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#12

79

Samsung MS28J5255US

132 Reviews
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£124.99

Argos
1,000W
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28L
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Black
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£430
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A positively reviewed and fully featured 1,000W microwave, with alright running costs
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#13

78

Sharp R372SLM

191 Reviews
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£60.00

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900W
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25L
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Silver
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£390
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
The top rated microwave under £100, with low running costs
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#14

78

Sharp R982STM

5 Reviews
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£129.99

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900W
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42L
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Stainless Steel
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Free­standing
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£390
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A fully featured and very highly rated 900W microwave, with low running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities available
#16

78

ECG MTM 1701 B

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£50.22

eBay
700W
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17L
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White
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£300
Over 10 years
Feb 2015
A top-value and very economical to run 700W microwave, but with only average features
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#17

77

De Dietrich DKC7340

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£860.00

Official Ideal Kit Outlet on eBay
1,000W
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40L
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Stainless Steel
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£430
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A recently released and fully featured 1,000W microwave, with average running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities around
#18

77

Samsung MC32J7055CT/EU

71 Reviews
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£170.00

eBay
900W
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32L
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Stainless Steel
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£390
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A top-rated and fully featured 900W microwave, with average running costs
#19

77

CDA VM230

4 Reviews
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£149.00

Debenhams Plus
900W
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25L
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Black
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£390
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
A remarkably highly rated and fully featured 900W microwave, with low running costs
#20

76

Panasonic NNCF778SBPQ

3 Reviews
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£279.00

Dacombes of Wimborne
1,000W
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27L
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Stainless Steel
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£430
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A highly rated and top of the range 1,000W microwave, with average running costs

76

Russell Hobbs RHM2563

853 Reviews
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£86.61

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25L
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£390
Over 10 years
May 2016
A top-rated and very popular 900W microwave, with good features and low running costs

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Samsung with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

Logo Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
Samsung Microwaves 55 £59 - £575 88%
Russell Hobbs Microwaves 34 £45 - £149 88%
Panasonic Microwaves 25 £30 - £372 85%
Sharp Microwaves 28 £50 - £699 85%
Daewoo Microwaves 28 £36 - £90
Bosch Microwaves 27 £60 - £1,368
Hotpoint Microwaves 22 £40 - £1,349
Other Microwave Brands 244 £35 - £1,272

Trending Microwave Comparisons

Samsung
MS23K3555EW
£89.00
£100 cheaper
Cheaper to run
by £43 over
five years
VS
Samsung
MC28M6055
£189.00
Bigger interior
capacity
Samsung
MS23H3125AW
£79.00
£71 cheaper
Cheaper to run
by £43 over
five years
VS
Kenwood
K30CSS14
£149.98
7L bigger
interior
capacity
Sharp
R374KM
£69.99
£19 cheaper
2L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
Kenwood
K23MFW15
£89.00
Cheaper to run
by £43 over
five years
Sharp
R861S
£144.99
£134 cheaper
£43 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Panasonic
NNCF778SBPQ
£279.00
Better brand
8% bigger
interior
capacity
Russell Hobbs
RHM2096
£94.15
£51 cheaper
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Kenwood
K30GSS13
£145.00
34% bigger
interior
capacity
Samsung
MS23K3555EW
£89.00
£61 cheaper
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Samsung
MC28M6075
£149.99
18% bigger
interior
capacity
Samsung
MC32J7055CT/EU
£170.00
£30 cheaper
More popular
36% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Samsung
MC32K7055CT
£199.99
Vastly better
user reviews
Gorenje
MMO20
£89.88
£99 cheaper
£43 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Samsung
MC28M6055
£189.00
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
Samsung
MC28H
£226.46
11% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
Hotpoint
MWH 27343
£179.99
£46 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £43 over
five years
LG
MH7265DPS
£386.62
£282 cheaper
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
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LG
MJ3965ACS
£669.00
Bigger interior
capacity
DeLonghi
MW20G
£142.51
£21 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
Samsung
GE71
£85.23
£57 cheaper
Better brand
Whirlpool
MCP 349
£220.84
Cheaper to run
by £43 over
five years
VS
Samsung
MC28M6055
£189.00
£32 cheaper
11% bigger
interior
capacity
Samsung
MC32K7055CT
£199.99
Better brand
22% bigger
interior
capacity
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Sharp
R861S
£144.99
£55 cheaper
36% cheaper to
run over five
years
Samsung
MG23K3515AS
£499.00
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by £43 over
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Russell Hobbs
RHM3002
£119.97
£379 cheaper
Bigger interior
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Smeg
FMI020X
£273.00
11% cheaper to
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MC28H5013A
£139.00
£134 cheaper
11L bigger
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ME83X
£129.00
£47 cheaper
Better user
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by £257 over
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£176.15
29% bigger
interior
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MC32K7055CT
£199.99
£219 cheaper
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MP 676 IX H
£418.97
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HMT75M654B
£229.00
£21 cheaper
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£250.00
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MD 16752
£129.99
2L bigger
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Samsung
MS23K3555EW
£89.00
£41 cheaper
11% cheaper to
run over five
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R860S
£115.00
£15 cheaper
8% bigger
interior
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MW3500
£129.99
Better brand
£43 cheaper to
run over five
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

Microwaves range in price from £27 to £1,368 and in total we found prices for 462 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average £214 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £59 and £495. The Daewoo Daewoo Qt1 is the cheapest microwave at only £28, and Bosch CNG6764S6 is the most expensive at £1,368.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

KitchenAid microwaves start at £1,250 and their most expensive microwave costs £1,250. The highest average microwave price out of all brands is KitchenAid microwaves with an average price of £1,250.

De Dietrich microwaves start at £499 and their most expensive microwave costs £999. The average price of De Dietrich microwaves is £737 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

Miele microwaves range in price from £494 to £849, and the third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of £686.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 5 expert reviews and 10,788 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Belling with an average rating of 92%. The second best brand is Samsung with 89% and the third best brand is Bosch with 89%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 372 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest microwave retailer is Amazon UK with 248 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to microwaves. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 211 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

April to May is the most common period for new microwaves to be released in. If you want the latest microwave technology you may want to think about waiting until April 2018. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current microwaves cheaper in April once the latest models have been released. In 2017 most new microwaves were released in April, with 60 new microwaves released that month. In May 2016 57 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new microwave releases was July, with 128 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 1%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £2 on a typical £214 new microwave by waiting 6 months before buying.

Microwave Powers

This denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

Comparing all microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 2,800W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 790W to 880W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the HotpointMP 676 IX H, which is a 2,800W microwave and is on sale for £418.97. The HotpointMP 676 IX H, which is on sale for £120.58, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W microwave.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

This is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

Comparing all microwaves, the interior capacities range from 8L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 17L to 21L. The microwave with the biggest interior capacity is the ZanussiZKK47901XK, which is a 51L capacity microwave and is available at £449.00. The ZanussiZKK47901XK has the smallest interior capacity. This microwave is an 8L capacity microwave and is available at £73.65.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Colour of Products

Amongst new microwaves, the most popular colour of product is black. We found 279 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. Stainless steel is the second most common colour of product amongst new microwaves. We found 238 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured.

Case Designs

Amongst new microwaves, the most frequently found case design is freestanding. We found 421 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. Built-in is the second most common case design amongst new microwaves. We found 211 microwaves that are built-in microwaves.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 372 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest microwave retailer is Amazon UK with 248 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to microwaves. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 211 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest microwave prices (found to be cheapest for 150 microwaves).

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest microwave prices (found to be cheapest for 40.3% of its microwaves).